Springhill, Anne Murray Centre ready to celebrate

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SPRINGHILL – Many hands make light loads, and the Springhill 125th celebration has many, many hands.

The Town of Springhill’s 125th and the Anne Murray Centre’s 25th anniversary celebrations received major support from CIBC, where (from left) Springhill branch manager Kelly Whitbourn presented the Anne Murray Centre’s Marci Meekings and Town of Springhill’s Cathy Coon with a sponsorship towards the two-weeks of activities.

“We have in excess of 30 committee volunteers,” Marci Meekins, executive director of the Anne Murray Centre and Springhill’s 125th committee chair, said. “And each of those 30 individuals represents groups and organizations, so there’s easily upwards of 100 volunteers working towards the celebration.”

Many communities are celebrating their 125th anniversary of becoming incorporated townships but Springhill is unique. Joining in the celebration is the Anne Murray Centre, which will witness is 25th anniversary in conjunction with the 125th activities. And, to address the elephant in the room, in March it was announced it was making application to dissolve its township. If successful, there will be no 126th anniversary in this former mining town. Rather than consider the decision a defeat, organizers dug in and came up with two solid weeks packed with activities to make the 125th the town’s last hurrah.

“We have a parade kickoff on July 12, followed by the unveiling of the arch and then a meet a greet dance at the Legion,” Meekins said.

The arch is a link to the communities mining past many are looking forward to seeing resurrected in the town. For years it was the entry into the Dominion Coal and Steel run mines where the Springhill industrial park is now. Following the closure of the mines and removal of many mine-related buildings the arch remained in place until it was deemed too low for shipping trucks to pass under. It was removed and fell into obscurity for more than a decade, sitting in a field near plastics manufacturer Ropak. The McCormick family of neighbouring community Rodney refurbished the arch and now it will find permanent residence in the Lions Park on the 12th.

Adding to the long list of activities includes life size Monopoly on July 13th, a youth dance on July 16, washer tournament on July 18,  a carnival day and antique car show on July 19, Ray’s Reptiles on July 22, a July 24th variety show, street dance on July 25 and an Anne Murray tribute concert.

Bookings and plans for Springhillers from near and far, as well as scores of visitors looking to join in the fun, are coming in, Meekins said, and people can expect a small population boom for the two-weeks the celebrations are taking place.

“People have been really responsive. People are planning their vacations around the two-weeks. People are coming home who haven’t been here in twenty years or more.”

For a complete listing of the events, visit the Town of Springhill’s website: www.town.springhill.ns.ca.

On Facebook, look for the Springhill, Nova Scotia - Celebrating 125 Years page.

Organizations: Anne Murray Centre, Dominion Coal

Geographic location: Lions Park

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